Chinatown, Sydney

Sydney is full of fun places and faces from all corners of the earth. You can eat English for breakfast, Indonesian for lunch and French for dinner if you’d like. The diverse cosmopolitan city offers something for everyone and every budget, and does it with flair. The bustling Darling Harbour, Bondi Beach, and Kings Cross all offer visitors fantastic experiences and sights, but Chinatown in Sydney offers one of the best cultural experiences in town.

Sydney’s Chinatown has been around since the 1920’s, changing locations a few times before landing in the central location it’s at today. Chinatown is located in the city centre next to Haymarket and Darling Harbour, and is open every day of the year. It is also been named Australia’s biggest Chinatown. Filled with hundreds of stalls, thousands of people, and plenty of food, this is a must stop in your travels to Sydney. Chinatown is the home to many international residents, and prides itself on its diverse population. Chinese is not the only cuisine you’ll find here. There are hundreds of nearby shops, cafes, and restaurants that serve up all cuisines like Japanese, Korean, Indonesian, and Vietnamese.

Chinatown is a great spot to shop for spices, knock-off items such as chargers, headphones, purses and shoes, and hard-to-find Asian foods. Sydney’s Chinatown also boasts itself as being one of the cleanest and safest Chinatowns in the world. Dixon Street is the main street for Chinatown, with many shops and Chinese restaurants in a pedestrian-only street. Hay Street houses the most entertainment in the whole neighbourhood, including the City Amusement, an entire entertainment complex. Also on Hay Street is the Market City, a modern shopping area filled with restaurants, shops, and lots and lots of tourists!

The biggest attraction in the area is the Paddy’s Markets, which include hundreds of stalls located in the flea market. Your best bet is to get there early and on the first day of the week it’s open. The Paddy’s Markets are only open Wednesday-Saturday 10 am-10pm.

For the sculpture lovers, check out the Golden Water Mouth sculpture by George and Hay Street. It is said that it is a good luck charm for the Chinese community living in the area. If you plan your trip right, you may just be in luck and be there for the Chinese New Year festival.

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